What's the goal of collaboration anyway? Is it the potential for innovation that occurs when people of disparate backgrounds and beliefs work on a problem together?
Or the filaments that thread throughout an organization (and beyond) that keep people interested, engaged and inspired in their work? Is it the ever elusive goal of increased productivity (a.k.a. "getting stuff done")? All of the above? None?
Is One Man's ROI Any Man's Success?
Success seems like a relatively innocuous word. But use it in the context of another yet to be truly defined term such as "collaboration," and a debate unleashes on ROI, value, KPIs and the value (or lack therein) of measuring.
When We Say "3," We Really Mean 100
What was interesting for this question were the assumptions revealed in some people's responses (I'm looking at you, culture and you, technology). The "three thing" restriction proved to be inadequate for the many factors that go into setting the stage for collaboration success.
It's a Small World
A distributed workforce can act as a magnifying glass on issues that already existed in the workplace: poor communication, technical and organizational silos, lack of proper onboarding. But it can also offer opportunity: a clear case for collaboration as well as the chance to take a more deliberate approach into how you collaborate. It will expose the warts and all as one person mentioned, but by surfacing the issues creates a demand for solutions.
When Tools Don't Play Well Together
Within a large organization there will inevitably be many collaboration tools in use at one time — whether mandated or not. But by using specific tools for specific needs, businesses risk creating pockets of activity and knowledge unseen or inaccessible to the rest of employees who could benefit from that knowledge. Mandating a single tool doesn't work, so what can businesses do?
It's About the People
Why do so many conversations about collaboration revolve around the tools that facilitate it? The general consensus? Duh, tools are the easy (easier?) part. Agree? Disagree?